Clinging to the southwest face of Annapurna, the climber cuts another handhold. Suddenly, everything goes still. Then the mountain roars, shaking loose its killing load, tumbling the climber before it. In an ice cave high in the Himalayas, a perfectly preserved skull is found. A fossil from a long-ago era, it is neither ape nor man.
Three hundred miles away in the Punjab, Pakistan and India rattle their nuclear arsenals, edging ever closer to catastrophe. In a small fourth-floor conference room in the Pentagon, a tense cadre of high-level intelligence officers debate their options. Infighting gives the first round to the military, but the CIA is poised to up the ante when they fail. As they must. And in the lab on the Berkeley campus, a paleoanthropologist learns that what she took to be a fossil find of the first order is in fact the scientific discovery of a lifetime—proof of an alternative line of hominid development.
Missing link. Yeti. New species. Hairy man. Call it what you will. Call it Esau.
"Philip Kerr, who has been dubbed 'Michael Crichton's smarter brother,' brings us ESAU, the thinking man's technothriller. Once you start, you can't stop." ~ Playboy
"A riveting tale... Like Michael Crichton, Kerr seamlessly incorporates cutting-edge science into his fiction with fascinating results... An extraordinary, sophisticated thriller." ~ Literary Journal